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Neverland is a two-part Mini Series by Nick Willing, the creator of Tin Man and Alice, released in 2011 by Syfy.

Set in turn of the century London, the series chronicles the arrival of Peter, Hook and the Lost Boys in Neverland. Peter and the boys are a band of pickpockets led by James "Jimmy" Hook. They acquire a strange orb that transports them to Neverland. As they search for a way home they become entangled in the affairs of pirates, Indians and fairies.

Provides Examples Of:

  • A God Am I: Both Hook and Bonny get preemptive cases of this, as they declare that they will be gods once they've gained control of the Tree Spirits' magic mineral dust.
  • All Webbed Up: Peter gets on the receiving end of this.
  • Army of Thieves and Whores: After the plan to gain control of the mineral dust fails, Hook plans to return to London and gather one of these off the streets, then return to Neverland with advanced (i.e., early 20th century) weaponry and conquer it.
  • The Artful Dodger: Peter
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: They're called Giant Spiders, sure, but in fact they're more like some weird spider/scorpion hybrid that spits webs.
  • Blessed with Suck / Cursed with Awesome: If you end up in Neverland, you stop aging and essentially can live forever...but as you are when you arrived, even if you arrive in a less-than-ideal state. Likewise, while you can apparently die by violent means (or explode from too much magic, see the fate of Captain Bonny) or recover from injuries, if you're mutilated like Hook's severed hand, it doesn't grow back.
  • Canon Foreigner: Captain Bonny, The Holy Man, Dr. Fludd, and Fox.
  • Chekhov's Skill: At one point, Tinkerbell reveals she has the ability to release bursts of energy from her body when stressed; she uses this during the battle in the caves to knock the pirates away from the orb.
    • Hook is established as a fencing master early on; his skill with a blade quickly comes in handy in Neverland.
  • The Chief's Daughter: Tiger Lily.
  • Composite Character: Neverland's Starkey is the combination of the original Gentleman Starkey and the handsome Italian Cecco.
    • In Name Only: He was called "Gentleman" for a reason — he always insisted on a fair fight. This Starkey has no reservations about pulling a gun on someone behind their back.
    • The Twins have been combined into one character, named "Twins."
  • Continuity Nod: The final line of the series — "Peter, where's your shadow?"
    • At the end of the series Hook's severed hand gets eaten by a crocodile, which also eats his pocket watch; clearly, this is meant to be the same crocodile from the original story.
  • Cool Boat: The Jolly Roger of course.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Hook turns out to have been this when Peter's mother was alive. He held romantic feelings for her and was infuriated when she chose another man over him. He supposedly challenged Peter's father to a duel and killed him.
  • Darker and Edgier: When compared to the Disney version.
  • Death by Origin Story: Fox's death is a major motivator in Peter's split from Jimmy.
  • Disney Villain Death: A couple of pirates during the fight in the tree city, and several more during the fight in the caves.
  • The Dragon: Starkey is initially this to Bonny, though the position ends up shuffling between him and Hook.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Captain Bonny
  • The Fagin: Hook
  • Faux Affably Evil: Hook.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: A concern Bonny has with going back to Earth — she and the other pirates have remained unchanged for over 200 years; Earth hasn't.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Peter will become Pan, Jimmy will become Captain Hook, all the named characters from the original story will survive and none of them are going back to London any time soon.
  • Going Native: When Peter sees the boys in the clothing the tribe gave them, he playfully remarks that they've "gone native."
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: After Peter is tricked into leading the pirates to the Tree Spirits' colony and they burn it, both the Spirits and Kaw blame him for it, and call him a traitor. They change their perception of him once they realize that he's genuinely on their side.
  • Homage: At times, it seems Anna Friel (Captain Bonny) is channeling Helena Bonham Carter's portrayal of Bellatrix Lestrange.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Bonny is killed when she finally gains the power of the mineral dust, because she didn't gain it properly, having killed/drove off the Tree Spirits who must sing a song to prevent the Phlebotinum Overload.
  • Hook Hand: He never dons it on screen, but Starkey asks him what he will use for a hand and quips "a Hook?"
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Smee wasn't joking when he talked about cooking the boys.
  • Immortality Field: While the place's exact nature isn't very clear in J. M. Barrie's works, this series depicts Neverland as a planet paradoxically at both center and edges of the universe where time stands still due to external cosmic forces converging there because of its location and prevents anyone living there from ageing.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Peter's innocence is what attracts the Tree Spirits to him. It also get him into loads of trouble since he keeps trusting Jimmy.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: The tree spirits impose this on Peter after he betrays them to Hook.
  • Like a Son to Me: While Hook initially had strong paternal feelings for the Lost Boys, he shared a close bond with Peter. This was most likely a result of him harboring feelings for Peter's deceased mother and wanting to replace the boy's father. This of course changes in the end where Hook wants Peter dead.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Hook is more or less decent (for a thief) but quickly falls for Captain Bonny and becomes progressively more evil after she dies.
  • Love Triangle: In a sense. Starkey's main job as First Mate was tending to Captain Bonny's "needs", and becomes quite jealous when she takes Hook as her new lover.
    • Hook was involved in another one, which includes Peter's parents. He tried simplifying it himself by taking out Peter's father.
  • Made of Explodium: Anything sprinkled with the fairies' mineral dust, without their help including Captain Bonny.
    • Not so much "explodium", but The Alchemist's tree city goes up in flames after only a few sparks from flintlock muskets and pistols.
  • Neverland: Naturally, it serves as an Origin Story for Peter Pan, and "explains" that no one ages in Neverland because it's on a planet in the center of the universe, so time stands still for anyone there.
  • No Name Given: Raoul Trujillo's character is only referred to as The Holy Man.
  • Not Using the F Word: Instead we have "tree spirits" and "mineral dust."
  • Origins Episode: For Peter Pan and Captain Hook as it explains how they got to Neverland and became enemies.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: They're silver and shiny!
  • Papa Wolf: Hook towards the boys, especially Peter - initially. He pretty much stops caring about anything but himself by the end.
  • Pet the Dog: Before Hook's Villainous Breakdown, he cared deeply for his boys, especially Peter.
  • Phlebotinum Overload: Anyone who uses the mineral dust without the fairies' help.
  • Pirate Girl: Captain Bonny.
  • Portal Cut: The transport orb grabs a spherical section of space relative to the amount of force it was struck with. Little things like floors, walls, and/or ceilings aren't accounted for in this, so pretty much every use of the orb ends with a giant chunk of building just plain missing. Bonny sure is lucky her gun had enough power to encompass her entire ship.
  • Prequel: To the original Peter Pan.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Everyone in the Kaw tribe is around the hundred-year mark, the pirates are all around two hundred years old, and Dr. Fludd is about four hundred years old.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Fox
  • Self-Disposing Villain: Bonny
  • Spontaneous Human Combustion: Alas poor Bonny.
  • Storming the Castle: Or the pirate ship, as the case may be.
  • Take Over the World: Bonny's goal is to use the mineral dust to take over Neverland, while Hook convinces her to instead use it on Earth. When this fails, Hook instead plans on using the more advanced technology of 20th-century Earth to conquer Neverland.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: During the fight in the caves at the climax, Hook tells the other pirates to leave Peter to him. Part of this is because still cared about Peter and wanted him by his side and the other is because of his hatred for the boy.
  • Trapped in Another World: Well, more like trapped on another world, as Neverland is revealed to be on a planet in the center of the universe (which is part of the Technobabble Hand Wave for why no one ages).
  • Villainous Breakdown: After Bonny dies, Hook ditches the Affably Evil act, and starts violently screaming at Peter and almost kills him, only to be interrupted by the Kaw. He gets (slightly) better after, but not so much.
  • We Can Rule Together: Hook tries this several times on Peter. The last attempt ends with Peter resenting him and cutting his hand clean off.
    • And he and Bonny do it on each other — she convinces him to join her crew and rule Neverland beside her, and he in turn convinces her to instead to return to London with him and use the mineral dust to rule there.
  • We Have Reserves: Averted. After Hook kills two of Bonny's men, she quickly points out to him every crewmember on the ship is irreplacable due to being stuck in Neverland.
  • Yandere: Implied with Hook. He had feelings for Peter's mother when she was still alive. However, things took a dark turn when she chose Peter's father. In a jealous rage, he "challenged" Peter's father to a duel and was able to kill him.
  • You Killed My Father: It turns out Hook killed Peter's father in a duel in a jealous rage over the fact that Peter's mother chose him over Hook.